The leading cause of death in Ireland is malignant neoplasm — cancer — which accounts for 30.7% of all deaths in Ireland. Circulatory disease, which includes heart disease, is a very close second at 30.1%. Third is respiratory disease, which accounts for roughly 12% of all deaths in Ireland.
The lowest death rate in Ireland came from Fingal in Co. Dublin (5.2 per thousand population) and highest in Limerick City (at 8.2 per thousand population). The average was 5.2 per population.